Drinking and Driving Facts
Drinking and driving statistics are as familiar as they are depressing. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD), the highest percentage of drunk drivers are ages 21 to 24 (30%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (29%) and 35 to 44 (24%).
Share these tips with your teen driver to help promote driving safety.
Tips to Prevent Drinking and Driving
- Choose a non-drinking designated driver if you’re consuming alcohol.
- Ask for a ride.
- Protect others by taking their keys if they attempt to drive after consuming alcohol. They may be mad at you, but the alternative is much worse.
When Throwing a Party
- Offer guests plenty of non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, and soda. Never pressure guests to drink alcohol.
- Serve plenty of food.
- Arrange alternate transportation. Pay attention to your guests' alcohol intake and behavior. Call a cab or set up a ride with a sober driver.
- Never serve alcohol to minors.
Detecting Drunk Drivers
Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with driving drunk. Keeping these in mind to help avoid a dangerous situation:
- Making wide turns
- Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
- Almost striking an object or vehicle
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving at a very slow speed
- Stopping without cause
- Braking erratically
- Responding slowly to traffic signals
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving after dark with headlights off
Be careful on the road. Pull over and report drivers you suspect to be under the influence by calling 9-1-1.
The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.